Things have gone pretty well for Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker over the past few years. Some will argue that many of the successes enjoyed by Tucker were facilitated by previous city administrators. While that may have some degree of truth, there is no denying that Tucker continues to make his mark on Lockport. From the Canal Street restoration, to the rehabilitation of the former South Block, the Main Street beautification project, and the opening of the Discovery Center, Tucker has been very aggressive in his quest to turn the city around.
Is there more work to be done? Absolutely. The city housing stock has deteriorated significantly over the past 30 years. The good news is that the city Building Inspection Department has at last been given the resources necessary to, if nothing else, stem the deterioration.
That being said, the impetus for this article is not what Tucker has done, but what he may do. Tucker's ambitious plan to take down the eyesore of a parking ramp on Main Street in Lockport is simply wonderful news. The ramp has been a black-eye on Main Street for decades. Maybe it was a good idea back in the 70's, but the failure of city leader after city leader to invest in the maintenance of the ramp has lead the city to this point.
Congratulations to Tucker on a job well done. The city is flourishing in many ways, so take a ride down Main Street if you get a chance. If you haven't been there in awhile, you may just be pleasantly surprised.